Dr Nicola Sorfleet Introduction

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I undertook three years of undergraduate study and five years of postgraduate study in order to practice as a qualified Counselling Psychologist. My training involved assessment of my academic knowledge and clinical skills in three main therapeutic approaches; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Person Centered Counselling.

In order to maintain best clinical practice I regularly attend specialist workshops and master classes and I have completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I have fourteen years experience of working as psychological therapist across the NHS, Private and Third Sectors, offering therapy to people whose difficulties ranged from mild to moderate to severe and enduring. I was most recently employed as a Consultant Psychologist, clinically leading a national team of over 30 psychological therapists. I was also a visiting lecturer for the University of Surrey and provided training in trauma treatment to the psychology doctoral programme.

I have worked with adults, adolescents, couples and families experiencing a wide range difficulties including depression, low self confidence, panic, phobia, social anxiety, stress, anger, postnatal depression, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain, disordered eating, body dysmorphic disorder, bereavement, childhood trauma and relationship problems.

Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Psychological Treatment for Trauma (2011) Reading University

Practitioner Doctorate Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology (2008) University of Surrey

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Psychology(2005) University of Roehampton Surrey

BSc Honours Psychology (2001) Lancaster University

What Type of Therapy will I be Offered?

I have undertaken training in a range of psychological therapy approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, person centred counselling and systemic therapy.

I have also completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The therapeutic approach we take will be decided collaboratively and based on a combination of your personal preferences and factors including your current difficulties, therapeutic goals, preferred style of working, length of treatment and the guidelines provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

I offer individual therapy, couples and family work.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The basic principle of CBT is that how we think can affect how we feel (emotionally and physically) and how we behave.

In CBT we will work together to identify and understand your difficulties in terms of the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

During the therapy you will be supported to identify your personal goals and sessions will focus on developing the practical skills and understanding you need to make the changes necessary to achieve your goals.

CBT is a time-limited therapy that requires your active participation both inside and outside the sessions.

CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for the following difficulties; depression (mild to severe), generalised anxiety disorder, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias (including social phobia and agoraphobia) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

CBT has also been shown to be effective for difficulties such as stress, bulimia, anger, low self confidence and chronic pain.​​


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides the opportunity for you to think and talk about your feelings about yourself and others, including your family and those closest to you.

During sessions I will help you to identify connections between the things you do, say and feel in the present and how they may be related to your past experiences.

Learning to understand the connections between your past and present can help you start making decisions based on what you want or need now, rather than on what your past experiences drive you to do.

Psychotherapy can last from a few months to several years depending on the complexity of the difficulties.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved treatment for mild to moderate depression.


Eye Movement
Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a form of therapy that has been proven to be effective in treating trauma.

EMDR involves periods of eye movement stimulation while observing your experience; emotions, bodily sensations, thoughts and images in response to an aspect of a trauma memory.

With repeated sets of eye movements, the trauma memory tends to change in such a way that its painful intensity is reduced and it becomes a more manageable memory of a event in the past. 

EMDR can be a brief focused treatment or part of a longer term therapy intervention dependent on the wider presenting difficulties.

EMDR is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Clinical Supervision

I have experience of providing clinical supervision to clinical and counselling psychologists (qualified and in training), as well as CBT therapists seeking BABCP accreditation.

During supervision I aim to offer a supportive space that is tailored to the practitioner’s need and which facilitates the development of their professional practice.

I work with practitioners to develop an atmosphere of integrity and openness for the purpose of enhancing reflective skills, maximising the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, informing ethical

decisions and facilitating the use of therapeutic relationship.

Training Workshops

I offer workshops in conjuction with my colleague Julie Shannon, Clinical Psychotherapist.

Cultivating Confidence
Making Relationships Work
Unhealthy Relationship Cycles and How to Break Them​

Workplace Survival Skills
Difficult Dynamics in the Workplace and How to Manage Them
How to Handle a Bully

Positive Parenting – Building a Great Relationship with Your Child
Developing Self-Esteem in Your Child
How to Avoid Passing on Your Hang Ups to Your Child

Venues across West Kent and Surrey. All workshops are three hours long and cost £45.

A limited number of concession spaces ​are available for students/household income under £15000. Evidence required.

Please contact me for further details on the 2017 schedule.